As they say in the business world, if you’re not growing, you’re stagnating. Although I have plenty of thoughts left about gaming (next month’s article has to do with the power of Kickstarter and Greenlight to shape the industry, and why it somehow seems to work), I thought I’d take a quick diversion into Geekery’s favored son: Star Trek.
Growing up a nerd in the late 80s through the 90s, it was a foregone conclusion that Star Trek: The Next Generation would profoundly weave itself into the fabric of my life. Setting aside armchair psychoanalysis about the reasons it appealed to me, it was simply a well acted, well produced show with a high level of technical effects polish and just enough philosophical underpinnings to give every story arc an measure of depth. I was aware of Kirk Trek (mostly from the movies, not the TV show) and enjoyed some of the later story arcs in DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise. However, those other “Trek” shows just felt like fair to great science fiction. TNG, to me, was great television. Beyond the technobabble, aliens, and fantastic space battles, there was this central unifying exploration of the human condition by wonderfully talented actors, writers, and directors.
For anyone who hasn’t yet seen it, or for those who haven’t been back in a while, please enjoy my list of the 10 Essential episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation.